Jenifer Weaver of North Jackson has been named the winner of the Excellence in Agriculture Award by Ohio Farm Bureau Federation (OFBF). She will represent Ohio in the national competition during the American Farm Bureau Federation annual meeting in Atlanta in January.
The award recognizes successful people age 35 or younger who are involved in farming but whose primary occupations are not farming or owning an agricultural business. The award is based on involvement in agriculture and participation in Farm Bureau and other community organizations.
As grain department manager and certified grain merchandiser for Deerfield Farms Service Inc, Weaver manages six grain elevators, which handle about 6.5 million bushels of corn, soybeans and wheat. She is responsible for all of the accounting as well as all of the buying and selling of the grain.
“I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in a number of Farm Bureau activities and Young Agricultural Professional award programs, and competing in the Excellence in Agriculture contest has given me a great opportunity to honestly look back to where I started my career, and to see where I am today is just amazing,” Weaver said.
Weaver was named the winner during OFBF’s Leadership Conference held in Columbus Aug. 21 and 22. She receives a $1,000 technology package and a personalized Longaberger basket from OFBF, a John Deere Gator sponsored by Farm Credit Services of Mid America and $500 from Dodge.
Other state finalists in the OFBF Excellence in Agriculture contest were Scott and Tracie Isler of Prospect, Jeff Montavan of Otway, Chip and Shannon Yochum of Leesburg and Randy Hanselman of Georgetown.